A loan of $200 helped to buy rice and oil.


Lucie's story

An active and energetic young woman, B. Lucie was born on January 14, 1978 in Houédakomè, in the 1st district of the city of Porto-Novo, the administrative and political capital of Bénin. She is married and has two children who are both in school. Lucie makes and sells rice and beans, locally called "atassi". But she lacks sufficient financial means for acquiring supplies on time and for responding effectively to the strong demand from her customers. This is why she's expressing a need for a loan, so as to bolster her business and to build up her own capital.


Alidé means “there is always a path for the poorest” in Benin’s local language of Fon. Benin is a small West African country located next to Nigeria and has a per capita GDP of $1,500. Alidé offers special loans to highly vulnerable people at an interest rate of 0%. It is part of a group that is soon launching a micro health insurance program for recipients of micro-loans.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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